Her Reply

IF all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd's tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move
To live with thee and be thy Love.

by Sir Walter Raleigh Click to read full poem

Comments about Her Reply

Eagle Swift 10 Jul 2017 12:50
Love the expression and language used to describe love.
Amar Agarwala 24 Feb 2017 07:31
Here's one wonderful poem - I love the title - and the verses are full of rhyme and rich with meaning. Needed to refer to a dictionary for a few words and found them enchanting.
Ratnakar Mandlik 24 Feb 2017 10:44
A beautifully envisioned thought provoking love poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
Tom Allport 24 Feb 2017 03:01
a loving poem of what it feels to be in love?
Edward Kofi Louis 24 Feb 2017 12:44
Thy love! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Bernard F. Asuncion 24 Feb 2017 12:34
Joys no date, nor age no need... thanks for sharing....
Sylvaonyema Uba 24 Feb 2017 12:33
Then these delights my mind might move To live with thee and be thy love. Well expressed in a quatrain of 6 stanzas. Blended with sweet rhyme and musical sounds. Sylva
R.j. Wynn 29 May 2013 04:08
Most would say I got lucky and let it go at that.
Carlos Echeverria 29 May 2012 10:30
In the context of a response to Marlowe's poem, Raleigh eschews an idealized version of love for a realist model. Not that he's bereft of passion, as the rhyme scheme and meter flow with the pronounced heartbeat of a man in love.
Jamie Griffith 29 May 2012 12:55
The name of this poem isn't Her Reply. It is The Nymph's Reply To The Shepard. I have studied it in two of my classes and it was listed under that name in both books for the classes.
Thomas Farquhar 22 Mar 2012 08:09
This poem, if I remember my school days correctly, is in fact a response to another poets work and is intended to be tongue in cheek. Nonetheless, on its own it is an excellent piece of work.
Kevin Straw 29 May 2010 05:25
What an impressive figure Raleigh was: to write as well as this, and be a great warrior and courtier. How many modern day soldiers or sailors could turn out such polished art?
Ramesh T A 29 May 2010 03:05
He makes a clever proposition to be in love with his lady! It is all wonderful to read the description in small stanzas from the beginning to the end! Indeed a very nice poem to read!
Michael Pruchnicki 29 May 2009 03:58
Her Reply is a practical answer to all the moonbeams and malarkey spewed by male shepherds (not real shepherds, of course, but the cocky young courtiers playing at being shepherds) in the heat of passion. The young lady responds with mother wit - 'Sure, lad, don't you know that as time passes, so does your passion! Winter and age come on with a vengeance that puts the lie to all your charming promises! The gown you made of posies for me withers as the season changes, don't you know? That damn rock you put me on will freeze my tush off if I sit on it when jack frost nips at me. All that malarkey of youth won't stop my hair from graying either! If life and youth were forever, I might come and live with you as we sport in green fields! But social security and medicare are what I forseen for both of us as we suffer the indignity of old age! Get a grip on reality, bucko! ' And Her Reply is universal!
Taylah Watson 29 May 2009 05:40
My poem goes like this It's called 'It's still loading' please load for me and my friends please load and load until the end please load quick and please load fast before my time has past please load, please load for me and my family please load please load before I send this
Taylah Watson 29 May 2009 05:38
I know a poem I can write but how do I get it on this website?
Joseph Poewhit 29 May 2009 02:24
Poem seems to put love on a pedestal and the world is an ocean around it.
Coreena Dejesus 11 Mar 2008 04:10
your imagery in this poem is fantastic.
Caro Smith 09 Aug 2007 09:46
This is a reply to Christopher Marlowe's 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love'. I like reading the poems together. http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-passionate-shepherd-to-his-love/
Rebekah O'donley 29 May 2007 10:12
Quite a beauty indeed. Very pleasant to read with perfect imagery!